Raymond George Hinde, 95, of Huron passed away Monday, April 5, 2010, after a brief and serious illness. He will be greatly missed by all who knew and loved him.
Ray was born Jan. 10, 1915, and raised in Huron, the youngest of George and Nettie Hinde's three children. He was raised in the Methodist Church, attended Huron's public schools and was a proud charter member of Boy Scout Troop 31 when he was 12 years old. After graduating from Huron High School in 1932, Ray left his parents' farm to face the Great Depression era and find a different kind of work, sparked by an Irish determination that always kept him employed in his home town.
At various times in his life he delivered fuel oil to his many friends in the farming community, operated a resort motel on the shores of Lake Erie (where he also enjoyed years of boating), built homes for families in the Huron area and presided over his own real estate business until his retirement. During his working career, Ray was also a member of the Huron Chamber of Commerce and the Huron Rotary Club.
His work was, however, only a small part of Ray's life -- his family was everything to him. Ray married Helen Weilnau in 1939, and the couple raised a family and enjoyed their happy marriage until Helen's untimely death in 1965. After that Ray married Ethel Ashby Cawrse, and the couple continued to live and work in Huron until moving to Florida after Ray's retirement in 1976. While there, Ray enjoyed traveling with Ethel in their RV to parts of the United States they had never seen before, making new friends (especially Paul and Joyce Steele), entertaining his many old friends, and golf. When Ray began staying closer to home, he kept a keen eye and ever sharp mind on the world around him through the portal of his computer -- a younger man's skill he first learned in his 70s. Besides watching and learning about current events, all of Ray's friends and family knew to expect regular e-mails from him, sharing photographs, jokes and stories about all the many things that drew his interest.
After many happy years of marriage, Ethel passed away in 2001, and Ray longed to be closer to his family and his roots. He therefore returned to the Huron area in 2005, residing in his own apartment in the Parkvue Community's independent living program throughout his 90s and until his recent illness. Once back on his home turf, Ray enjoyed many long drives in the countryside of his youth, stopping at farmer's markets and stands for fresh and tasty melons or sweet corn that grew no other place as they did here. He also met and enjoyed both new friends and old friends he had not seen for decades. His personal knowledge of the history of Erie County, and his ever vivid memories about so many of the residents and family members he had known from this area consistently impressed younger listeners over the years. He even spoke to his great-grandson's Boy Scout Troop 31 about his experiences as an original member of the same troop so many years before. Most of all, he was so very proud of all of his daughters, their husbands, their children and their children's families, cherishing the time he spent with each of them.
Ray is survived by his three daughters and their husbands, Judith and John Halter and Janet and Arnold Fortune, all of Huron, and Georgia Hinde and William Davis of New York City; his six grandchildren and their spouses, Jody and Eric Mast, Jeff and Sandy Fortune, Jill and Ron Scott, Pat and Trish Fortune, Jennifer Will and Andy and Becky Fortune; his 16 great-grandchildren; and seven great-nieces and nephews.
Besides both of his late wives, Ray was preceded in death by his parents; his sister, Frances and her children; his brother, Thomas; his nephew, Donald; and his great-grandson, Elliot Mast.
Family and friends may attend Ray's memorial service at 2 p.m. Thursday at Parkvue's Chapel, 3800 Boardwalk Blvd., Sandusky. Chaplain Mel Sayler will officiate at this service and when Ray is laid to rest at Scott Cemetery later that day.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Stein Hospice Services, 1200 Sycamore Line, Sandusky, OH 44870, whose staff took such good care of Ray in his last days.
Condolences may be shared at fosterfh.com.